Natalie’s champs

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Teacher Peter Maw is taking on a 700-mile cycle ride to raise funds for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, where his 12-year-old daughter Natalie spent her final days.

Peter, aged 48, from Whiston, will be joined by colleagues Ken Stainthorpe, of Bradway, and Hoss Yazdi, of Baslow, for the ride which will start in Cherbourg, France on July 24.

Hoss Yazdi, Peter Maw and Ken Stainthorpe riding 700 miles to raise money for Bluebell Wood in memory of Peter's daughter Natalie

Hoss Yazdi, Peter Maw and Ken Stainthorpe riding 700 miles to raise money for Bluebell Wood in memory of Peter's daughter Natalie

They will then make their way to Paris in 10 days, with proceeds from their charity ride donated to the hospice in North Anston.

Natalie was diagnosed with a rare form of liver cancer in October 2009 and despite undergoing surgery to remove the tumour and chemotherapy died in March last year.

The team – Natie’s Champs – hope to raise £3,000 for the hospice which receives less than five per cent statutory funding.

The teachers will also be joined by Peter’s dad Ian and brother Richard who will be travelling by car to support the cyclists.

Peter said: “This is a real challenge and hopefully Natie’s Champs will attract interest from lots of people and provide much needed help, money and publicity for the great work done by Bluebell Wood.”

Melanie Rose, Fundraiser at Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice said: “This is an extremely tough challenge that Peter and his friends have taken on and we wish them all the best with it. It’s heart-warming to see Peter raising funds for other families that use Bluebell Wood as he has experienced first-hand the service we provide.”